Guest Post: Holiday Sparkle Place Setting Jars

A fifteen minute craft!

You can’t go wrong when your craft begins with a nature walk?

Janette Johanson from the blog The Johanson Journey enjoys crafting with small mason jars. When she combined that new found craft crush with acorns she and her family collected together — the result was shimmery holiday magic!
Thanks for sharing Janette !

Craft Supplies:

  • Large Acorns collected in a sealed bag.
  • Bradford Pear Leaves with a gold paint marker.
  • Glitter of choice.
  • Gold Spray Paint & Adhesive Spray.
  • Small Mason jars with lids and a ribbon of choice.


How to Make It:

1. Collect the largest acorns you can find, minus the hats. I love that acorns have hats! Let me tell you what I don’t love. I don’t love the sneaky and nasty worms or larvae that crawl out of them unbeknownst to you while you are spray painting them. This extra knowledge sped my process up because I wanted to get them into a sealed jar as fast as possible!! Please note that I tried using a red spray paint but the family vote was that gold looked the best. Feel free to spread your color pallet to match your holiday décor.

2. Fill your jars with about 20-25 large acorns. (FYI: we figure a sandwich sized Ziploc can hold enough to fill at least 3 jars. This info can help figure out how many you need)

3. Take your lids and spray adhesive on them and apply your glitter color of choice. We went with red, green and gold.

4. We collected some Bradford Pear leaves which have the most beautiful coloring to write our family names on with a gold paint pen. If the leaves have fallen where you live, you can make felt leaves or purchase artificial leaves from the craft stoere.

5. Add your ribbon of choice and simply stick your stemmed leaf behind the ribbon to hold it in place.

For more images and details visit Janettes blog.


I’m very excited to set our tables this year. I hope this idea has inspired more ideas for the mason jar. I am hooked on the jars and try to find as many uses for them as possible.

Janette Johanson is married to a great guy and they have 3 cute and busy kiddo’s. She works full time and blogs as a hobby on The Johanson Journey where she shares random ideas, crafts, favorite things and of course her  family’s journey with the ever growing and passionate blogging community.
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6 Responses to Guest Post: Holiday Sparkle Place Setting Jars

  1. choover143 says:

    These are beautiful. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. sim says:

    really beautiful!!!!!!!

  3. ImaPepper says:

    If you put the acorns in the freezer for 24 hours, it will probably kill any bugs in them. . .

  4. AvzoraGW says:

    ya know, i think i would like this better if the jars were filled with foil-wrapped candies or little gifts so each person gets something to unwrap. just thinking . . . .